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Hawaii is literally swimming with water-based activities. Kids can pet a sea lion at Sea Life Park, learn to surf from a pro on Waikiki Beach, and see massive humpback whales splashing around during a whale-watching tour on Maui, Molokai or Lanai. Snorkeling is a kid-approved activity all year long; popular spots include the shallow, protected tide pools of Poipu Beach on Kauai and the island of Hawaii’s Kona coast, where you can even swim with dolphins and manta rays.
Beyond the beach, our amazing museums and natural attractions will bring you closer to Hawaii’s fascinating culture – and each other. Learn to dance the hula at the Smith Family Garden Luau, Polynesian Cultural Center and many other authentic luau on every island. Kids can watch planetarium shows and participate in lava demonstrations at the Bishop Museum, or learn how Hawaii’s early explorers navigated to our shores by the stars at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Or, let the little ones burn off some energy at our national and state parks, lush gardens and green spaces – from hikes through the clouds at Iao Valley State Park to zipline adventures at Kualoa Ranch, a filming location of Jurassic Park.
If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, take advantage of keiki (children's) programs that range from lei-making to scuba lessons. Aulani Resort brings Disney magic to Oahu, with daily activities and pool parties with appearances by Mickey and his friends. On the island of Hawaii, Hilton Waikoloa Village boasts a lazy river and sprawling saltwater lagoon that’s home to several dolphins; kids can even shadow a dolphin trainer during their stay! More great family-friendly Hawaiian hotels include Turtle Bay on Oahu, Grand Wailea and Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui and Hilton Garden Inn Kauai. Best of all, many resorts offer day camps for kids that give parents some much-needed solo time.
Check our calendar to see what fun events and festivals are happening during your visit. You don’t have to be a kid to love the Big Island Chocolate Festival, and daily farmers markets throughout the islands offer more exotic fruits and sweet treats than a candy store. Bust a move to hula grooves during the Slack Key Guitar Festival or Ukulele Festival Hawaii. And if you’re visiting during the holidays, lighting festivals, canoeing santas and brightly colored boat parades are just a few of the ways we celebrate.
Family Fun by Island
Play in the tide pools at Poipu Beach Park, explore larger-than-life wonders at Waimea Canyon or learn to dance the hula at one of Kauai’s many luau. And don’t forget a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana Estate.More
From underwater to outer space, the island of Hawaii is a family favorite. Snorkel the crystal-clear Kona coast, stargaze at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and see bubbling lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say cheese: Liliuokalani Gardens makes a scenic backdrop for a family photo.More
On action-packed Oahu, explore a submarine at Pearl Harbor and navigate a massive garden maze at the Dole Plantation. Have wild encounters at Sea Life Park, Waikiki Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo, and play authentic Hawaiian games at the Polynesian Cultural Center.More
Walk through a tunnel surrounded by a 750,000-gallon water tank as manta rays and sharks swim overhead at the Maui Ocean Center. Get hands-on at the Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku, or become a Junior Ranger at the Haleakala Visitor Center.More
With lots of unspoiled beaches and rustic back roads ripe for exploring, Lanai is a perfect playground for families. Take a horseback ride, explore the tide pools of Hulopoe Bay and enjoy a family picnic at Dole Park. Or, simply splash in the pool at Lanai’s fine resorts.More
Maui's BEST small group ocean rafting tours since 1982, Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel invites you to snorkel Lanai, as well as share encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Turtles! Your ticket supports our participation as Maui's whale entanglement response team, active marine research and education!
Located on the water in Koko Marina Oahu, just minutes from Hanauma Bay and Waikiki, Hawaii Water Sports Center offers a full line up of water activities. The center has it all - Parasailing, Jetskiing, Scuba diving, Wakeboarding, and Water-skiing. Ask about our exciting Bumper Tube and Banana Boat!
Hawaii Islands only family owned and operated Native Hawaiian Surf School. Join our 'ohana of Lifeguards and watermen. Team HLSI is proud to offer the only surfing classroom on the island for students to practice surf skills, increasing the successful board stories before paddling out.
Snorkel with award-winning Fair Wind Cruises aboard the luxury vessel, Hula Kai. Our Big Island snorkel & SNUBA tour travels the Kailua-Kona Coast to the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. We also offer Kona's first-class Manta Ray snorkel adventure, sure to be the highlight of your Hawaii Vacation.
Gaylord’s offers one of Kauai’s most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails.
Coral Crater Adventure Park is a 35-acre outdoor adventure center located in West Oahu. The park features 6 zip lines, an aerial adventure tower, two 50 foot climbing walls, a king swing, a freefall, rappelling, tactical laser gun shooting, and side-by-side ATVs.